The release of Michael Jackson’s posthumous new album Xscape has brought back a special memory for superfan Zac Efron – he once spoke to the King of Pop at the height of his High School Musical fame.
Efron, who grew up worshipping the Thriller singer, never got the chance to meet him, but they did share an emotional phone chat one time when the actor was dining with Jackson’s director pal Kenny Ortega.
He recalls, “One time I was at dinner in France with the cast of High School Musical 3… and Kenny got a phone call from the other end of the table, and he answers it and he looks at me… and he goes, ‘I got somebody who wants to talk to you… Come here Zac,’ and I grabbed the phone.
“I go, ‘Hello’, and he goes, ‘Who’s this?’ and I said, ‘It’s Zac’, and he goes, ‘This is Michael, hi’.
“I just started crying, I don’t know what to say, my mouth won’t work… I’m just going, ‘I have so much I wanna say (to you). You’re the reason…’ and I start crying. It was a short conversation. He goes, ‘Thank you, thank you…’ and I hang up and handed the phone back to Kenny. Kenny’s like, ‘Wow, you messed that up’.”
However, the young star got the chance to redeem himself moments later when a confused Jackson rang back: “He goes, ‘Wait, is this Zac?’ and I go, ‘Yeah!’ and he goes, ‘Zac, hi, I didn’t know who I was talking to’. I go, ‘You know who I am?’ and he goes, ‘Yes, I love you’. And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, don’t say that to me…! You’re the reason I’m in music, you’re the reason I do what I do, you’ve been the inspiration to me since I was a little boy… I love you’, and I started crying again.
“I had to leave the room, everybody was laughing… and then he started crying… We were both crying for, like, a minute to each other, like, uncontrollably, and then he said, ‘See Zac, dreams really do come true’… I will never forget that.”
Efron, who reveals he drove around Hollywood from audition to audition listening to Jackson’s music when he first started getting acting offers, was one of the first people to pick up a copy of the King of Pop’s new album when it was released on Tuesday (13May14).
Zac reportedly being looked at for an unspecified role in an upcoming Marvel project. Nothing has been confirmed yet.
INDIEWIRE.COM – Anyway, according to Latino Review, the actor has met with Marvel and even has a script in his hand for a role for an unspecified part in an unspecified project, so let the guesswork begin! Maybe it’s for one of Marvel’s Netflix projects like “Daredevil”? That would seem to be the most likely scenario if there is actually a script, because things like “Guardians Of The Galaxy” spinoffs or “Captain America 3″ aren’t in those positions yet. Maybe it’s a role in “Ant-Man” that will be shooting very soon? Basically, it could be anything, given that the intel right now is pretty vague.
While it’s been six years since the last High School Musical flick, the cast of the popular Disney franchise is still supporting each other.
Case in point? Ashley Tisdale couldn’t help but take to Twitter to send Zac Efron some love following the success of his film Neighbors, which had a killer opening weekend at the box office.
“#NeighborsMovie is a must see! So good! I was laughing my ass off. Very proud of Zac :)” she wrote on the social media site early Sunday (Zac retweeted the tweet).
Zac Efron has no regrets about skipping university.
The 26-year-old actor, who shot to fame as a teenager in the ‘High School Musical’ franchise, doesn’t have any qualms about not pursuing a degree because his leap into acting paid off.
He said: “This was my chance. Even on the hardest days of it, with the paparazzi and all of the attention, it’s worth it to be able to be part of the movies.
“When ‘High School Musical’ finished, I saw the potential to continue to act and learn this craft. I’m lucky to be here. That said, I think there’s a lot of things you have to learn on your own and if you’re working, you don’t get to do them. I was suddenly an adult at 17, making adult decisions.”
The ‘Bad Neighbours’ star sought treatment twice last year foralleged alcohol and cocaine addiction and he admits his stints in rehab have made him value life more and scale back on work.
He told Britain’s Glamour magazine: “It’s important to find a balance and all I could do before was work, work, work. I’m more centred now that I’ve been in ages.”
It’s Zac Efron’s cinematic world — we just live in it.
As the scheming alpha male of a fraternity house, Efron is currently in the No. 1 movie in theaters, the comedy Neighbors, and he’s a part of another band of brothers in That Awkward Moment, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday.
Time will tell if he’ll get an Oscar nomination but at least he garnered an MTV Movie Awards win for Best Shirtless Performance as Jason, one of a trio of guys — including Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan — who all have vowed to lead the bachelor life and enjoy the same kind of single-dude, romantically unattached friendship they had in college. (Of course, love interests come and get in the way of all that.)
In an exclusive clip from the bonus features, Efron explains that he could connect with the trio’s sense of humor, the weight of their friendship and their shared good times. “It made sense to me. It was in my world.”
What makes it special for him, though, is how much it’s based on the life of writer/director Tom Gormican.
“Tom brings a certain perspective to it: ‘I’ve been there, this is what happened,’ ” Efron says. “And he’s always open for us to impose our beliefs on it. It’s kind of empowering.”
Gormican admits that he wasn’t sure Efron was the right person for the part until he spent a night hanging with the young star and his presence won him over.
“If you’re going to have a character’s who’s doing pretty awful things at times, you need someone who has an abundant amount of charm,” the filmmaker says. “When you see him or meet him, he would be very difficult to not like, and there’s only a few actors who can pull this off.”
Other extras on the That Awkward Moment Blu-ray/DVD include character profiles, a behind-the-scenes look at Gormican’s process, and a gag reel.
I have added images from the May 3 press conference of “Neighbors” to the gallery. Thanks to Renee for some of the images!
Appearances > Appearances in 2014 > “Neighbors” Press Conference (May 3)
Thanks to Claudia, I have added scans from the latest Entertainment Weekly to our gallery.
Magazines > Magazines in 2014 > Entertainment Weekly (May 16)
2014 has been pretty disappointing thus far for comedy, but Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is looking to change all that. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, then allow us to refresh your memory. Mr. Stoller is the same man who previously brought us side-splitting comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, two of the funniest films of the last decade. This time around, he’s assembled one hell of a cast to lead the way. With Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco all flexing their comedic chops at full strength, the laughs are huge in Neighbors, and they just keep coming.
The film follows Rogen and Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner, a young couple who have just moved into a new home with their baby daughter. All is peaceful and idyllic in their lives until a frat, led by Efron’s Teddy, moves in next door. In hopes of keeping the peace, so to speak, Mac and Kelly attempt to befriend the young group of boys now living only feet away from them. Their plan works at first, but after the frat parties a bit too hard one night, and Mac is forced to call the cops on them, all hell breaks loose and a war begins between the two households.
Last weekend, the cast of Neighbors arrived in NYC for the film’s press day. While there, we were lucky enough to land an exclusive interview with Rogen, Byrne, Efron, Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jerrod Carmichael, who were all a delight to chat with. They spoke about pushing the envelope with their comedy, crossing boundaries, working with babies on set and much more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Neighbors when it hits theatres this Friday! We promise that the film will have you in stitches.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron may play rivals in this month’s “Neighbors,” but the stars were right at home, joking together in our latest Unscripted.
Rogen and Efron answered a few fan questions — and some of their own — digging deep about their first acting gigs, tween slumber parties, and Efron’s most memorable prank. But it’s not until Rogen recalls the time Louis C.K. dissed Rogen and Jonah Hill, and Efron reveals the Swedish Fish-fueled secret to a camera-ready physique, though, that this Unscripted becomes truly memorable.
“Neighbors” hits theaters Friday, May 9.